Friday, 8 February 2008


Yesterday I made pizza from scratch, making my own dough and sauce. Below is a picture of the finished Pizza. The pizza was olive and anchovy with mozzarella, I know there are a lot of people who won't like the sound of that topping, but it was good, very good! The anchovies add a good burst of flavour and saltiness to the bland cheese and the sauce was just the right sweetness.
I made the base from three parts strong white bread flour and one part Polenta/yellow cornflour this is recomended in Jamie Oliver's book "Jamies Italy" (fantastic book) as it gives a more authentic Italian crispy base. I was aiming for a good thin crispy base like a real Italian pizza not a thick doughy base which i'm not that keen on.
I served my pizza with home made lemon and rosemary potato wedges and peas.


5 Shallots or an onion
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
A clove of Garlic
2 Teaspoons of sugar
red wine vinegar
fresh basil


2oz/50g Yellow cornflour
6oz/150g white bread flour
1 packet of instant yeast
a pinch of salt
roughly 120ml of water

First make base combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl add enough water to get a soft but not too sticky dough, knead this for around 10 minutes until elastic. when this is done set aside in a bowl and cover with oiled cling film to rise. alternatively you can use a bread machine on the dough setting.

To make the sauce finely chop the onions and garlic and fry with a drop of olive oil until just soft, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, the sugar and vinegar. now taste it and add more sugar, vinegar or salt until it is how you like it, reduce this in the pan until very thick. finally stir in some fresh basil.

Now to make your pizza, Heat your oven as high as it will go. Now knock back your dough, it shougd have risen quite a bit, and roll it out as thin as you can, lay it on a baking sheet or pizza tray, next spread the base with your sauce whichs hould have cooled a little (if it's too hot it will kill the yeast).
Now you're ready for the topping, I suggest mozzarella cheese but you can be creative and add whatever you like.

Bake until the topping is cooked and the base is crispy.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice pizza recipe idea. You're right about anchovies, they bring so much extra flavor to any recipe including them. To me - a pizza isn't a pizza without them on top!

ChovyChap 2008